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Chelsea vs Manchester City: First home loss looms for Blues

Chelsea vs Manchester City Match Preview and Predictions

Manchester City head to Stamford Bridge still unbeaten in the Premier League this season and overwhelming favourites to defend their title.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Chelsea are yet to lose at home in the top flight this season but have dropped points on three occasions and have also suffered back-to-back away defeats, first going down 3-1 to Tottenham at Wembley and then suffering a surprise 2-1 loss at Wolves in midweek.

City have kept just one clean sheet in their last five league games which will offer Chelsea some hope but Pep Guardiola's side can keep on marching as they look to post an eighth straight EPL success.

Match information

When is it? Saturday December 8th

What time is kick-off? 17:30

Where is it being played? Stamford Bridge

Which channel is it on? BT Sport 1

Who is the referee? Michael Oliver

Chelsea vs Manchester City Betting Tips

Here are our predictions for Saturday's match for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

City won both meetings 1-0 last season on their way to a record-breaking title triumph. Kevin De Bruyne scored the only goal at Stamford Bridge in September before Bernardo Silva's strike was enough in the return in March.

Sergio Aguero then bagged a brace - claiming his 200th goal for the club in the process - as City lifted the Community Shield with a 2-0 win at Wembley in August. Even without the injured Aguero, City have beaten Bournemouth 3-1 at home and Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road, and they could welcome back the Argentina international for this clash.

Chelsea bounced back from their defeat to Tottenham by overcoming west London neighbours Fulham 2-0 at home but slipped up again in midweek as they lost 2-1 to Wolves at Molineux despite taking the lead.

Sarri's side have only failed to score twice in 15 Premier League games at least and with the leaders struggling to keep clean sheets at the moment, an away victory and both teams to score at 47/20 is the first of our Chelsea vs Manchester City predictions.

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First goalscorer tips

Leroy Sane is in stunning form for City and netted in both games for Germany during the recent international break.

The winger played a starring role in the win over Bournemouth before opening the scoring at Watford - his third goal in his last two away league games. With City scoring goals for fun, 13/2 for Sane to break the deadlock gets our vote.

Anytime goalscorer tips

While Sane will keep Chelsea occupied on the left, Raheem Sterling has been just as deadly on the other flank, registering eight league goals so far this season.

Sterling netted 23 times last term and has been backed to better that feat. The England international, 6/4 in the anytime scorer odds, struck in London on the opening day and should start after being rested in midweek.

Where the game will be won or lost

Manchester City's record against their 'big six' rivals has been nothing but impressive over the last two seasons. Guardiola's men have won 11 of those 14 fixtures, with wins over Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United already this season as well as a goalless draw at Liverpool.

Last term, City did the double over Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal, thrashed Liverpool 5-0 at home before suffering a first loss of the season 4-3 in a thriller at Anfield.

City also won at Old Trafford but their title party was put on hold after United came from two goals down to win 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium which only delayed the inevitable. What is more, City have conceded just 12 times during that sequence, with seven of those coming in two games and 33 being scored themselves.

This won't be easy either but City will hope to learn from their late wobble at Watford and another 2-1 win can be backed at 8/1 and is the second of our predictions.

The red-hot form of Sane cannot be overlooked either and the BetStars odds boost of 10/3 for Sane to score in a City win completes our Chelsea vs Manchester City betting tips.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Manchester City continue to look the strongest team in the Premier League by far while Chelsea's hops of staying in the title race have begun to fade after defeats to Tottenham and Wolves. The Blues can trouble a City defence which is struggling for clean sheets but ultimately this should be another win for Pep Guardiola's champions.

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Stuart Walker
@BetStars in Football